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19th-Century Americans Didn't "Support the Troops"

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

Blog11/11/2019

In the 19th century, the common view of federal soldiers was "as slackers on the public dole" and people with "such a lazy life," as to be "certainly not worth their country's crying about."

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Bretigne Shaffer on California's Mandatory Vaccinations

Big GovernmentHealthPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

11/09/2019Audio/Video
Bob Murphy and longtime libertarian journalist Bretigne Shaffer discuss the vaccinations now enforced for school children in California, and the parents who are protesting the policy.
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The Berlin Wall Reminds Us of What Happens After We "Smash Capitalism"

World History

Blog11/08/2019

It's not necessary to completely destroy capitalism to impoverish us irrevocably. The further a regime moves in the direction of the "egalitarian" states of the old communist world, the worse the impoverishment will be.

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Ocasio-Cortez is Wrong: We're Not Working 80-Hour Weeks Now

Labor and Wages

Blog11/07/2019

Some politicians are sure that even average Americans are working more grueling hours than ever. On average we have more leisure time than ever now, and working hours are down over the past 20 years.

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The Economics Behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall

World HistoryCalculation and KnowledgePrices

11/07/2019Mises Daily Articles
Much of the media discussion around the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall will focus on American military politics and the politicians of the time. But to truly understand why the Soviet system in Eastern Europe collapsed, we must look to Mises's pioneering work on economic planning.
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Does Milton Friedman's "Plucking Model" Refute Austrian Business Cycle Theory?

Blog11/06/2019

Noah Smith's Bloomberg column praises Milton Friedman's "plucking model" of recessions, where the severity of a bust is connected to the strength of the following recovery. Does this refute Mises' BOOM-BUST theory?

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The IMF Wants the World to Embrace Sweden's Ineffective Carbon Tax

The EnvironmentGlobal EconomyTaxes and Spending

Blog11/06/2019

Despite the IMF’s claims to the contrary, the case of Sweden actually shows that a political “solution” to climate change is ineffective.

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The American Middle Class Isn't Disappearing — But it's Not All Good News

U.S. EconomyU.S. History

Blog11/05/2019

Middle-income households and workers haven't been disappearing. They've been moving into higher income levels, while the lowest-income groups have been getting smaller. But another recession could erase many of the gains made over 20 years.

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